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Old 13th December 2017
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Exclamation Change to visibility of the off-topic 'Lounge' board

The 'Lounge' board for subject discussion that is not about photography is popular but sometimes controversial. This is because it is frequently used for voicing concerns over issues like politics and other serious issues that we all face from day to day.

Some members have taken exception to some of the more heated debates in the Lounge. Others have questioned why we have such a board at all. I do accept that its visibility can outweigh its importance to the site overall.

The Lounge is popular and I have no intention of censoring it or anything like that. But I take seriously the view that we are running, above all, a site dedicated to photography. Therefore, as an experiment, I am limiting the visibility of the Lounge so that it doesn't dilute the presence and activity of threads that are on-topic.

This means that Lounge threads will no longer be shown on the site home page and neither will they be shown in the New Posts > Get All New Posts drop down lists. More specific lists showing new posts within <x> minutes/hours, etc. are unaffected.

I don't think this action will adversely affect the popularity of the Lounge, it just means on-topic threads will have a greater share of the spotlight.

This is an experimental change and I welcome any views for or against it and, if required, I will make further changes as necessary.

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